Exercise

So this is where I whine about how I’m starving or how I want to have a chocolate bar, right? Well, while that might be true occasionally, today it’s not. I’m actually doing really good today! Yesterday was pretty great too! Okay, so I cheated. This isn’t really day 1 of the *new diet*. I’ve actually been watching my calories view myfitnesspal.com for a few weeks now so most of the huge emotional “omg I can’t fucking have chocolate!” drama has past.. or mostly past anyway.

I feel like I should share who I am and have this touching and emotional moment with you as a reader, but seriously…? Nah. If the reader is going to be me, looking back in a few months, or friends checking in I’m going to sound like a full of herself wannabe hipster with some weird internal monologue and most of them should know how I crazy I am.  So, let’s skip that. I’m sure stuff will come out and I’ll have to explain but for now let’s just agree that, until you get the fun realization that I’m a crazy person hits, I’m awesome. Cool? Awesome! Anyway…

I’ve been using an under the desk exercise bike as my source of exercise for a few weeks now. I don’t think it does a whole lot for me, but it does get me moving and that’s half the battle.  It’s crappy and cheap but durable and that’s good. I love the winter but I’m a lazy bastard and anything that can help me exercise but keep me from leaving my house to walk the 15 feet to the gym is awesome.

Under desk bike(click picture for Amazon link)

It’s not ideal but whatever. I can barely walk the 30 feet across my parking lot in the morning without feeling winded. I love to run but it’s a waste to go on the treadmill before I can at least breathe right. So my goal was to try and get 20 minutes in 3 times a week and I’ve been okay about that. I need to get better about the frequency. The little thing doesn’t burn a lot of calories or do very much other then get me moving but I wanted to use it to get me in the habit of moving often and putting that time aside. So far, it’s been awesome for that. I can play a video game, watch a 20 minute video on youtube, or surf the web and I feel good about it.

I’ll be coming up on a month of using it somewhat regularly so I thought I’d reward my efforts by buying something I’ve been wanted to get. A heart rate monitor.  I’ve always wanted one to help me know how many calories I’m actually using and how effective my workouts are being. I’ve felt all week like I want to get on a treadmill a few times a week and really start pushing myself back to that. I think that a heart rate monitor will be a nice addition to getting to that point.

Heart rate monitor w/chest strap

(click picture for Amazon link)

That one is affordable and looks to be reliable. Sure I could spend a lot on those biggest Loser ones that I adore but they are really expensive and if I discover that it constricts me or I don’t like having it on that would be a huge waste.

I feel like this is a great step in the right direction, and therefor a post. I also feel like I’me finally taking charge of this problem I have. I haven’t lost an actual weight with my program yet. I didn’t have a scale when I started, and then I gained a bit from thinking I was burning more calories than I was. Since I’ve stopped eating back my calories and watching it all a bit closed I’m back on a downward track. I’m 220lbs again but I’ve also found that my measurements have dropped a bit, which is a good sign.

We’ll see if my drive to lose continues but I’m in it for the long haul.

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